NC Forest Service charges man for Carteret County wildfire, 90% contained

NC Forest Service charges man for Carteret County wildfire, 90% contained

The North Carolina Forest Service says the wildfire is still holding at 550 acres.

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The North Carolina Forest Service says a man is facing responsibility for the cause of a wildfire that sparked over the weekend as firefighters Down East are waking up to day four of flames.

This morning, the Forest Service says the Morris Marina Road Fire is 90% contained and is still holding at 550 acres.

The Forest Service says the cause of the fire was a debris burn. Officials say Christopher Chadwick, 53, of Stacy has been cited and charged with North Carolina General Statute 14-140. 1.

According to the North Carolina General Assembly, the statute states:

Today their efforts continue as officials say the Forest Service will put out hot spots, improve containment lines, and mop-up operations along the fire’s edge, homes nearby, and Radar Road.

Over the last three days, the Forest Service says emergency personnel have used a drone to fly above the burn area to help find smoldering hotspots firefighters will continue mop-up operations, while firefighters reinforced containment lines along Radar Road.

Officials say voluntary evacuations started Sunday afternoon for the 20 homes threatened in the Atlantic area of Down East Carteret County.

WITN Meteorologists say rain chances will be scarce until the weekend and into next week. An area of high pressure will suppress cloud cover and afternoon rain chances, which could push the region closer to drought.

The Forest Service says the winds will continue to push inland, however, improvements in visibility and air quality are expected soon.

The fire so far has consumed 520 acres.

The fire so far has consumed 520 acres.

Smoke from the 520 acres burned Monday morning has laid across the area and is moving east, according to NC Forest Service

Smoke from the 520 acres burned Monday morning has laid across the area and is moving east, according to NC Forest Service

Crews started battling a fire in Carteret County Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Crews started battling a fire in Carteret County Sunday, June 16, 2024.

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